10 Dec

James McInnes

Archive, People of the Picture House

Biography File: People of Campbeltown Picture House
Full NameJames McInnes
Maiden name / other names
Birth date1849Birth place: Holbeach, Lincolnshire
Death date12th March 1927Death place: Sheffield
Father’s full nameDuncan McInnes (Born Scotland)
Mother’s full name
(maiden name in brackets)
Margaret Ann McInnes (Latimer)


Emily McInnes (nee Fielding, born Salford, Lancashire 1857), married 1880 in Salford


  • Margaret McInnes b 1881 Salford, Lancashire
  • Mary McInnes b 1883 Salford, Lancashire
  • Latimer McInnes b 1885 Pendleton, Lancashire
Places of residence


  • Holbeath, Lincolnshire
  • Salford, Lancashire
  • 15 Upper Albert Road, Neersbrook, Sheffield.
  • 62 Clarkgrove Road Sheffield
Occupation history



  • Railway Porter
  • Railway Travelling Inspector
  • Railway District Mineral Agent
Relationship with Picture House / Rex CinemaJames McInnes, 15 Upper Albert Road, Neersbrook, Sheffield. Railway District Mineral Agent. 20 shares in the Picture House.
Life story in a paragraph (summary of above)




Born in Holbeach Lincolnshire, James later moved to Lancashire and worked with a railway company. At the time he was single and was a boarder. He seems to have started as a Railway Porter, then the records show his occupation change to Railway Travelling Inspector and again later to Railway District Mineral Agent.  James married and had three children.
External source references (e.g. census, BMD, valuation rolls, probate index, wills, parish records etc.) include ref. numbers


  • England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
  • England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915
  • England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  • England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
  • Census returns 1551 – 1911
CPH archive or object collection reference


Shareholders Ledger
Other notesMany thanks to Ian, descendent of James’ uncle, for providing some further insight.

“His father, uncles & aunts all came from Dalintober, Campbeltown, & were from a fishing & whaling family. One of his aunts, Mary McInnes, married a cousin, Donald McInnes. They emigrated to Washington State in 1859 & founded a thriving McInnes community in the Sequim & Port Angeles area. Two of James’ brothers, Donald & John also emigrated to the same area & his brother Duncan was a founder member of the Co-Op in Lincoln, but the only one with a personal connection to Campbeltown was his youngest brother, Latimer, who spent his later life in Low Askomil & was a well-known writer & naturalist. No direct connection with the railway, though he worked for the Argyle Steamship Co & later the Campbeltown Shipbuilding Co.”

The reason why James McInnes, who didn’t live in the area, was a shareholder of the Picture House remains a mystery, however.  Ian again…

“As James’ father died in 1896 James’ shares obviously didn’t come from him, so possibly Latimer bought shares when it opened & passed some on to his brother – the only other sibling alive in 1913 was Donald M, living near Seattle.

Henry Dundas Beatson Mctaggart December 10, 2017 James Smith December 10, 2017